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Project by sharad posted 02-13-2008 08:39 PM 2114 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project is another example of how discarded wood was used for making a useful furniture piece. My wife had asked me to make a teapoy very urgently and of light weight so that it can be moved by her easily. I had a block board which became useless when it accidentally got wet in rain. Normally this would have gone as junk.. Out of curiosity I had removed the two layers of plywood and found that strips of wood were sandwiched in between. After cleaning them with a plane they were found to be good white strips of very light weight neatly cut. I could not dare to discard such a good wood and thought of using it for something in the future. Here I got the opportunity to use it for the construction of teapoy. I could easily find a suitable piece of plywood and a decorative laminate from the remains of my earlier projects and decided to make the teapoy on the lines of Robinson Crusoe, because of urgency. I made a plan and cut the necessary lengths from the block board strips and nailed them to make the supporting frame for the teapoy. This hardly took 2 hours. The laminate had to be fixed on the plywood with Fevicol, a wood adhesive used for the purpose. It had to be kept for about six hours for drying before it was fixed on the frame, again, with adhesive and couple of nails. The teapoy was ready and was very light in weight and my wife was delighted to have it on time. Later on I reinforced the frame by using some woodscrews and now it is quite sturdy.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#1 posted 02-13-2008 08:45 PM

Very nice job of saving used wood!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 02-14-2008 12:34 AM

Very nice. Often I have reiterated the need to save offcuts and other pieces of wood since invariably a use for them will be found. This is a nice example of salvaging a piece of wood that most probably would have discarded and transforming it into a useful piece of furniture.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 02-14-2008 11:16 AM

Looks very good for a rush job.

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#4 posted 02-22-2008 09:38 PM

Creating a project from leftovers always seems more satisfying to me than working from new material. Creating value from scrap has redeeming value. I also like to use older materials to practice new joinery rather than goofing on expensive exotic woods.

This is a great project, and I am sure that your wife was thrilled to have this. Every time she serves tea to her friends she gets to proudly tell them that you made this.

-- making sawdust....

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#5 posted 03-08-2008 12:05 AM

Great job.

-- Tyler, Illinois

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#6 posted 03-08-2008 01:10 AM

Very resourceful Sharad, In India even scraps are hard to come by sometimes. We could learn a thing or two about that here in America. The best Part is it looks nice, serves a vital daily function and you can say you made it yourself!


-- --Chuck

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#7 posted 03-08-2008 10:48 AM

Thank you all for your nice comments. This will encourage me to do new projects.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#8 posted 04-02-2008 03:30 AM


I really Love your Teapoy!

The last project that I posted was made from scrap cedar posts. In fact, I think all of the 10 projects that I posted have something that I salvaged from somewhere built into them.

I also think it’s good the way you restored the Back Saw.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#9 posted 04-14-2008 03:50 AM

Sharad, Don’t sell yourself or your work short. The teapoy is an excellent example of working with what you have on hand. Recycled wood is the best way of “practicing on” and sometimes comes out so nicely that it becomes postable. Which, you have 3 nice projects. I personally look for old pallets (wooden crate forms that are used for shipping bulk items on) that forklifts pick up and move heavy things on. When I had a truck, I would bring them home and disassemble them in the drive way. Each pallet yields about 16 boards. Most of what I find is oak or poplar. I would keep a battery powered screwdriver and a pry-bar in my truck just for the purpose. Now I disassemble them where I find them, load them in my trunk, and take them home for my collection. If they are wet, I store them with weights on them to maintain the shape without any cupping or checks (twists and cracks) for about a month until their dry enough to use. If they are found dried out, I work with one board at a time, cutting, sanding, and finishing. Then when all of the required boards are worked, I assemble the pieces with screws and plugs. This technique is helpful so the end result is a flawless finish without runs, drips or that dreaded orange peel look (dimples).
So, hang in there and keep working wood and post your work. ( i saw a load of boards that someone was proud of, and posted it) If they can post a bunch of unprocessed wood on this site, then you sure can post a project that even if you don’t feel that it is “up to” the other work we post, it REALLY IS.
If availablity is a problem but money isn’t, buy wood and tools online. If money is the problem, then look for free wood and borrow tools or find things in nature to help. Example, concrete or flat rocks = sandpaper. Sounds ridiculous but sometimes we have to think outside of what we know. If I can help in any way please feel free to email me.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#10 posted 04-18-2008 05:00 PM

What a tickle! The combination of materials really works! I think it is the rounded miter frame that pulls it all together.

My family would have called that a, “tea Posy” (don’t know origin). Every time I have tea on the porch this summer (on ugly commercial deck table) I will think of your teapoy. (Shoot! Another “I-want-to-make . . .”: project #123.)

Thanks for the smile this morning.

-- SM

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